Most Common Bearded Dragon Names

Naming your new pet is super exciting. It’s something that sticks with them forever! I think we all try to pick something unique when we pick out a name, but we also want something that matches their personalities. I was pretty bummed when I found out Thor was a pretty common one, but I don’t regret picking it. It suites him. Through my own research, here’s the more common names for beardies:

  1. Mushu- We all know Mushu from Mulan! He’s one of the more popular dragons in fiction. He has a very sassy personality, just like some bearded dragons!

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2. Spyro- This name comes from a video game series with a dragon named Spyro. I don’t know much about the game but the dragon sure is cute.

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3. Draco- This name has a pretty cool story behind it. Draco is a constellation. It is said that he was the dragon Hercules defeated in order to get the Golden Apples of Hesperides. Others argue it was Minerva who killed him and threw him into the sky.

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4. Spike- I think this one is pretty self explanatory. Bearded dragons are spikey little creatures.

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5. Toothless- Toothless, the main dragon from How to Train Your Dragon. Toothless is a spunky dragon, but also mysterious. A lot like bearded dragons! Thor and I dressed up as How to Train Your Dragon characters for Halloween (pictured below).

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6. Ember- I believe a lot of beardie moms and dads choose this name for their female beardies also because of the game, Spyro. There’s a female dragon in the video game series named Ember. Whether or not this is where they actually get the name, I don’t know. I’ve just noticed Ember is a common name for our lady lizards.

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7. Thor- I have a Thor! I knew when I got my beardie I wanted to give him a Norse name so I thought naming him after a god would be so cool! I had a snake named Loki at the time so Thor just seemed like the perfect fit. I’m not sure why it’s common with other beardies though. I guess who wouldn’t want their baby named after a god? Here’s a picture of baby Thor:

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8. Pancake- I think we all know why Pancake would make a great name! (random pancake dragon below)

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9. Falkor- Falkor is a luck dragon from the book/movie The Neverending Story. He is often mistaken for a strange looking dog, but he is in fact a dragon.

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10. Godzilla- I’m sure most of us are familiar with Godzilla. I suppose he does look like an angry, giant, lizard/dinosaur so I can see why it is popular with our beardies.

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Bearded Dragon Set-Ups For Beginners

When it comes to getting a set-up prepared to welcome your new beardie, it can be soo overwhelming. A correct set-up is very important to ensure the well-being of your new companion. From substrate to light and everything in between, I’m here to break it down for you!

First I will go over tank size. The minimum appropriate tank size for a bearded dragon is 40 gallons. Tanks come in all shapes and sizes. The one your beardie will need should be long in length and fairly shallow in height. That way your beardie has space to roam and correct exposure to UVB and heat. Please note, if you decide to build a custom tank, be careful what materials you use as some wood can be toxic!

Although beardies come from a desert-like environment, they should never have any sand or loose substrate (even if your pet store says its okay, remember, it’s retail and it is their job to sell you as much as they can!). Lot’s of pet stores will say sand or even ground walnut is okay but the truth is, they can cause an impaction which can be serious and even fatal. I recommend slate tile from Home Depot. It’s inexpensive and easy to clean. Repticarpet is OK, but sometimes dragons will try to eat it which can cause digestive issues.

UVB (ultraviolet B). I can’t stress enough how important UVB is. UVB is the artificial sunlight provided for your beardie. Incorrect UVB can be harmful and even deadly. Your bearded dragon needs a 10.0 UVB strip that covers 2/3rds of their tank. There’es two different UVB options, T8 and T5. A T8 fixture and bulb is meant to be mounted inside the tank. A T5 fixture goes on top of the tank. Each fixture needs a bulb that goes with that fixture, for example, a T8 bulb is not compatible with a T5 fixture and vice versa. T5 bulbs are two inches shorter than a T5 fixture so watch out for that when shopping! Recommended brands are Reptisun and Arcadia.

Heat is another important and complicated topic. For baby beardies, their climate should be 80-85 degrees F. The basking temperature should range between 100 and 110 degrees F. The “cool” side of the tank, or opposite side of the basking area should range between 80 and 90 degrees F. Juveniles require similar temps only slightly cooler. The basking area requirement is 100-105 degrees F with 80-90 degrees F on the cool side. For adults the basking temperature can be lowered to 90-95 degrees F with the same 80-90 degrees F on the cool side. At night temperatures should be no lower than 65 degrees F.  I have found the most effective way to heat the tank is using flood lights. Pet store bulbs tend to burn out very quickly and don’t quite do the job. For Thor’s tank, I use a 100W flood light bulb and a ceramic heat emitter. Ceramic heat emitters are ideal to keep night time temps warm since they do not give off light. They can also be used during the day along with your regular basking light to help raise the temperature. Colored heat bulbs should not be used as they are not very good for tour beardie. The best and most accurate way to check the temperatures of your tank is using a heat gun.

On top of keeping up with the temperatures it is important to gauge the humidity as well. If the tank is too humid it can cause respiratory issues. The humidity should stay between 30 and 40%. It would be wise to invest in a good quality hydrometer. I use the digital hydrometer from ExoTerra.

Now the fun part! Just like us humans, dragons don’t want a super boring house! This is where you can really get creative and fun. One important thing you actually do need in the tank is a hide. The hide is important for when your beardie starts to brumate. They also make a great napping place too! It’s also recommended you place something under their basking spot so they have a spot to lay. I use a nice piece of driftwood I got from my local pet store. Please remember, if you choose to use sticks or rocks from outdoors that you sanitize them properly. Thor’s tank has a simple natural look to it. His hide looks like a rock cave with a crazy driftwood piece over it. He has two pillows and a fake cactus. Then for his basking spot he has a log perched up o a rock. He has a background taped outside his tank that has tall grasses and logs. For backgrounds you can always pick out some fun wrapping paper to put outside the glass. For the inside you can check out what your local stores have for decor. Sometimes I check the fish isle to see if I can find any cool decor there. Another perfect thing to add is a hammock. Lots of beardies appreciate hammocks. If you want to get really nice with your hides and hammocks, check out BB’s Upscale Loungers and Kats Pet Creations on Facebook. They make fantastic, colorful hammocks and hides.

Thor the Bearded Dragon

Hey guys! This is Taylor and Thor. We are here to spread bearded dragon awareness. Our goal is to educate new beardie moms and dads so they can raise happy and healthy lizards, as well as share our adventures with you all.

I got Thor when he was just eight weeks old. I went to my local pet store that day to look at the possibilities of getting a catfish, but then I saw little Thor. He was a little guy, but standing tall and proud on his log, basking under his heat lamp. I thought he was the cutest damn thing. An employee asked if I would like to hold him. How could I say no? Just a moment later, without even thinking, I told the employee I would like to take him home. Little did I know this little lizard would become my best pal.

Thor and I were inseparable. Even my boyfriend was jealous of how much time and attention I gave Thor. I didn’t know much about reptiles at the time, but I soon found out Thor had a personality of his own. We took naps together, ate meals together, snuggled every chance we got. I realized how personable these guys could be and I became very interested in the bearded dragon community. That’s when I found out I still had much to learn.

I made the mistake of not doing any research at all when I got Thor. The pet store, like most pet stores, did not do a great job on informing me on the things Thor would need to live a long, happy life. When I got Thor he had a small 20 gallon tank. His substrate was paper towels, which isn’t terrible. But his heat lamp was red colored and his UVB was terribly incorrect. I don’t even know what his temps were at the time. It took months before I actually got everything down perfectly and I’m happy I did before it could have affected Thor in a negative way. I felt terrible.

I eventually found some bearded dragon groups on Facebook. There is an entire bearded dragon community I hadn’t even learned about yet! I connected with people who treat their dragons like their babies, just like me! I learned so much from these guys. But I quickly learned how there’s also people out there who don’t know a thing about caring for their beardie and just think of them as an easy pet. I developed a passion for rescuing sick/mistreated bearded dragons. I even work with a local aquatic and reptile rescue up here!

While I can’t help everyone understand how awesome a bearded dragon companion can be, I can at least try to help educate them so the beardie can live a long, happy life. I hope through this blog Thor and I can change the perspective for those who see them as just an ordinary reptile or easy pet. Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

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